Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has proposed using federal spending for the needs of the houseless in Madison and specifically Occupy Madison. The mayor’s blog post can be found here.
The part of the post that impacts the organization:
Homelessness Support – $8,650,000. Funding supports a variety of strategies to support persons experiencing homelessness in Madison such a permanent men’s shelter and additional tiny houses, including an Occupy Madison Solar Project that will reduce housing costs.
We have been talking about having a solar array for years, and funding has always been a major obstacle. Our proposal is to have a solar array on the rooves of the main buildings at both villages and panels on every tiny house. This will not only cut operational costs so funds can be directed towards getting people into houses and a healing community, but we will also be doing our part to contribute to a green infrastructure.
We are currently working on finishing Phase 2 of OM Village, adding another shower, laundry facilities, a kitchen, and a community room to the existing building. After this is complete, we will be able to move four more people into the village and focus on building 22 tiny houses to replace the conestoga huts at the village on Aberg Avenue. Simultaneously, we are looking at more properties in Madison to put more tiny houses to get the unhoused into housing.
Link for how to get a tiny house here. How to volunteer and donate are on this site in the menu above.
Plants available for sale now! More to come!
Plants are now available for sale here! Be sure once you are there to click on “order now” to see all the plants!
This year we are using Purple Cow organic soils
Our plant sale will be fully live later this week, but for now, we know we have a certain amount of plants available and will be adding several more.
If interested in the sneak peak, you can view what we now have available. Be sure to also check back later in the week!
Pick up plants as early as this weekend!
At this point, any plants ordered by Friday (5/7) at 10pm can be picked up Saturday after 12pm.
Plants ordered on Saturday (5/8) can be picked up on Sunday (3/9).
After that pick ups will be as follows:
- For orders placed between Monday 12 pm and Thursday 12 pm, pick up is that Friday after 12 pm
- For orders placed between Thursday 12 pm and Monday 12 pm, pick up is Tuesday after 12 pm
Your man-cave or she-shed need a few new items? Fan of Dale Klee (old car photos) or Ted Crow (sports caricatures)? Packer’s fan? Need a boatload of holiday decorations? Music fan? Need a Wiggie’s memento? Or an old parking meter? You just never know what you might find in our silent auction.
The auction will be on line 4/20 – 5/14 at midnight, just click here to see all the goodies. You can pick up your winnings starting 5/15. All proceeds will go to help with the ongoing costs (water, electricity, toilet paper – the necessities!) of our two villages.
If the silent auction is not your thing, you can donate through the donate button on this page or watch for our spring plant sale coming up May 8th!
So much has been happening we haven’t had a lot of time to write about it! Tonight we had our neighborhood meeting with Alder Syed Abbas and city staff. I promised to get the slides from tonight up on the website – so they will follow this write up.
We received unanimous consent from Urban Design Commission on 4/14 to recommend approval to the Plan Commission. We have two more public meetings to go to get permanent zoning:
- Plan Commission – Monday, April 26th (Agenda is already out and you can register now)
- City Council Meeting – Tuesday, May 4th.
City staff recommended people send their comments to email@example.com.
And without further ado, here are the slides!
Full Presentation of slides
Ok – so here’s a few drawings and some informaiton to get your imagination flowing about what the village at 1901 Aberg Ave will look like if we get permanent zoning. Continue reading “Sneak Peek at Preliminary Renderings and Permanent Plans for 1901 Aberg Ave.”